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Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability 

Keck Center of The National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW, Room 101
Washington, DC
November 16-17, 2011

Meeting Summary                                                                                                                                               

The most recent meeting of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability took place on November 16-17, 2011. This meeting featured a panel discussion exploring data needs for life-cycle assessment (LCA) in the context of sustainability sciences. LCA is the assessment of environmental, economic, and social impacts of a given product throughout its lifespan and makes intensive use of data.  Ann Bartuska, U.S. Department of Agriculture, facilitated the session that explored the practicality of LCA and its data needs. The meeting began with a discussion of LCA digital commons, application of LCA in the U.S. dairy industry, data management considerations for the data life, integration and interoperability of data, and global perspectives on realizing value from big data. Speakers included Simon Liu, National Agricultural Library; Ying Wang, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy; Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Mike Edgerton, Monsanto; and Bill Berry, National Research Council. Roundtable members were asked to consider the topic of LCA and the value of continuing future discussions/workshops on this topic. A meeting summary has been published highlighting several overarching themes from the panel.

Roundtable members were provided with updates on current and planned STS Program activities including Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government (Report Forthcoming), Sustainability and the U.S. EPA (Publication August 2011), A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All (Prepublication November 2011), Fostering Sustainability Considerations into Public and Private Sector Procurement Tools and Capabilities (Workshop planned for December 7-8, 2011), Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Houston Metropolitan Region (Workshop planned for January 18-19, 2012), and Sustainability Science and Innovation Symposium: Fostering Partnerships and Linkages (Workshop planned for Spring 2012). Alex Dehgan, U.S. Agency for International Development, spoke to the group at a working dinner on the topics of development, sustainability, and innovation. Roundtable members also participated in breakout group discussions on the future of Roundtable in which government and NGO/corporate members each provided their perspectives.

Agenda and Presentations                                                                                                                               

November 16, 2011

7:00 – 9:00              Working Dinner – Lake Room, Acadiana
                                  (Alex Dehgan, U.S. Agency for International Development)

November 17, 2011

7:30 – 8:00              Breakfast available
8:00 – 8:15              Welcome, Introductions and Meeting Goals (Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)
8:15 – 8:20              Update on STS (Marina Moses, STS Director)
Data Needs for Life-Cycle Assessment (Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)
8:20 – 8:30               Introduction to Panel (Ann Bartuska, US Department of Agriculture)
8:30 – 9:00              Orienting Presentation on Life-Cycle Assessment (Simon Liu, National Agricultural Library)
9:00 – 9:30              Application of Life-Cycle Assessment-Dairy Industry (Ying Wang, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy)
9:30 – 9:45              Break
9:45 – 10:15            Data Management Issues Surrounding Life-Cycle Assessments (Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
10:15 – 10:45          Integration and Interoperability of Data (Technical, Semantic, and Legal) (Mike Edgerton, Monsanto)
10:45 – 11:00          Global Perspectives on Realizing Value from Big Data (Bill Berry, National Research Council)
11:00 – 11:30          Open Discussion
11:30 – 12:30          LUNCH 
Current Activities  (Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)
12:30 – 12:45          Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government (Bob Stephens, Multi-State Working Group on Environmental
12:45 – 1:00            Sustainability and the U.S. EPA (Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh)
1:00 – 1:10              A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All (Pat Koshel, National Research Council)
1:10 – 1:20              International Council for Science (ICSU) – Sustainability Initiatives (Ester Sztein, National Research Council)
1:20 – 1:30              Sustainability Science and Innovation Symposium: Fostering Partnerships and Linkages (Nancy Grimm, National Science 
                                   Foundation, teleconference)
1:30 – 1:40              Break 
Breakout Discussions
1:40 – 2:45              Breakout Discussions
o        Future of the Roundtable—Government Members’ Perspectives (Carl Shapiro, U.S. Geological Survey), Keck 205  
o        Future of the Roundtable—NGO’s and Corporate Members’ Perspectives (Neil Hawkins, The Dow Chemical Company), Keck 101
2:45 – 3:15              Report Back and Discussion of Breakouts
3:15 – 3:30              Wrap up (Ann Bartuska, STS Roundtable Co-Chair)
3:30                          Adjourn

Disclaimer: This website contains unedited verbatim presentations made by workshop participants and is not an official report of the National Academies. Opinions and statements included in this material are solely those of the individual authors. They have not been verified as accurate, nor do they necessarily represent the views of other workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies.